Whenever I write a column about the Tombigbee and mention bridges, I am almost always asked whether the 1928 bridge at Columbus was really a draw bridge.
Media personas were prominent in the news this past week. NBC News anchor Brian Williams' career went up in flames; former 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon was killed in a car crash in New York City; Jon Stewart announced plans to leave The Daily Show and Thursday night New York Times media critic David Carr collapsed in his paper's newsroom and shortly after was pronounced dead.
In June, it will be 52 years since George Wallace stood in the schoolhouse door. It happened at the University of Alabama, where two African-American students, Vivian Malone and James Hood, were attempting to register. In facing down three federal officials demanding that he stand aside and honor a court order allowing the registration to proceed, the bantam governor of Alabama sought to make good on a noxious promise: "segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever."
OXFORD -- In the aftermath of prison kickback arrests, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is keeping his pledge to seek tighter controls. Two bills passed the Senate unanimously last week, wining immediate praise from Bryant. One would remove leasing prison farmland from Mississippi Department of Corrections control and the other would move the Inmate Welfare Fund (proceeds from canteen sales) away from MDOC and to the state treasurer.
Newscaster Maggie Wade is passionate about what she calls her true calling: Finding permanent, loving families for Mississippi's foster children. Her program, Wednesday's Child, has found homes for 7,000 children. She has received hundreds of humanitarian awards for her efforts.
Congratulations to Dr. Jim Borsig ... sort of.
State representative Jerry Turner from Baldwyn knows about competition.
We will soon be voting once again for county and state offices.
When Jon Stewart revealed Tuesday he was leaving the show that made him famous -- Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" -- after 16 years, thoughts turned immediately to his legacy.
John McCain toiled for 28 years in the Senate before he finally won the chairman's gavel of the Armed Services Committee last month.
Monday evening, Columbus Municipal School District Superintendent Dr. Philip Hickman laid out a new program he hopes will inspire students to stay in school and prompt them to make the connection between school and careers.
There's this speech I give my students.
Monday was an historic day in many parts of Alabama, but a day of disappointment in others.
Days after the video appeared of a Jordanian pilot horribly burned to death by an Islamic State death squad, President Obama told the National Prayer Breakfast that all faiths can be "twisted and misused in the name of evil."
It was an early, frosty morning and a lone deer fed in the field. You have to wonder why it nibbled at the cold, dead grass. Soon, another joined it and then another. In the distance they looked like shadows on the pale, icy ground.
"Stories worth remembering and savoring ... again and again," said Robin Roberts, co-host of Good Morning America. Indeed.
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